Technical Articles

  • Fire Protection and Life Safety

    Considerations of Mass Reopening As the country moves toward reopening businesses and ending lockdown periods undertaken to help reduce the spread of …

  • Have Issues with ITM?

    Members Save Time and Money with Informal Interpretations The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address inspection, tes…

  • Protecting Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena

    AFSA Member American Automatic Sprinkler’s Project Nears Completion Construction commenced at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas with a “Let the Dirt …

  • Standpipes: Protecting Horizontal Pipe

    What are Laterals? One of the aspects of NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, that has been regularly edited over the…

  • Window Sprinkler Design

    Application and Pitfalls When reviewing a set of contract documents, I often find myself gravitating to the life-safety drawings. These drawings spell…

Have Issues with ITM?

Members Save Time and Money with Informal Interpretations The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) issues. Informal interpretations are prepared by the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Technical Services Department— John August Denhardt, PE, FSFPE, vice president of Engineering & Technical …

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Window Sprinkler Design

Application and Pitfalls When reviewing a set of contract documents, I often find myself gravitating to the life-safety drawings. These drawings spell out several items which help me in evaluating the overall sprinkler needs for a project. Among the most common items identified are the location and rating of the …

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Exposure Protection

What is it? Exposure protection refers to the protecting of a structure from a nearby fire. This can be in the form of radiation from a nearby fire, exposure to flames from a jetting fire, from a burning building or roof at a lower elevation than the exposed building, or …

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High-Rise Standpipe Design

A Case History  In my previous standpipe article (see the July/August 2016 issue of Sprinkler Age), I discussed the following issues in standpipe system design:1. When are standpipes required and what are the installation requirements?2. What type of standpipe system is required?3. Where are the required hose outlets located?4. What …

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Stuck on Standpipes?

Informal Interpretations Help Members The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address standpipe issues. AFSA’s informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, PE; Senior Fire Protection Engineer Russ Bainbridge, PE; and Technical Programs Specialist Tom Noble, …

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Low Flow Attic System Design

A New Scope for Roofs with Slope Combustible concealed attics have always been a difficult area for the fire sprinkler industry to adequately protect. Adding to this difficulty is the public perception of failure by automatic fire sprinkler systems when a fire burns unchecked through an NFPA 13R, Standard for …

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